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The Earth Project: Less Than Zero

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June 22, 2012
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Vienna builds Europe's largest carbon-zero neighborhood.


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Billion Dollar Drilling Project Aims for Earth's Mantle

Billion Dollar Drilling Project Aims for Earth's Mantle

Reuters (Jan. 8, 2013) — A Japanese-led project aims to drill to the Earth's mantle, a 3000 kilometer-thick layer of slowly deforming rock between the crust and the core. In its early stages, the $US1 billion mission would deploy a drill just 30 centimeters wide to bore into the Earth's crust to bring back the first ever samples of fresh mantle rock.
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In the Studio: Prof. Danijel Schorlemmer, Seismologist

In the Studio: Prof. Danijel Schorlemmer, Seismologist

Deutsche Welle (Mar. 21, 2011) — Prof. Schorlemmer from the German Research Centre for Geosciences, GFZ, in Potsdam is an expert in the area of earthquake forecasting.DW-TV: Japan is a society that has played a pioneering role in a wide number of technologies -- including of course earthquake warning systems. But even then, people have just five seconds after the warning comes to brace themselves. Cutting straight to the chase, thousands of detection stations around the world, international networks, decades of research -- why can't we predict earthquakes yet? Danijel Schorlemmer: Well, even though we have thousands of stations, we have a big problem. We only measure the signals on the earth’s surface. Unlike in meteorology, where you can measure all the values you’re interested in, like humidity, wind-speed and so on in 3-D, we only see the earth’s surface. We cannot make measurements in the earth, which would be very important to understand what’s going on. And we’re also lacking a precursor phenomenon, a
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Center of the Center

Center of the Center

National Geographic (Apr. 9, 2012) — Stretching from Indonesia to Malaysia to the Philippines, the Coral Triangle covers less than one percent of the world’s ocean surface yet it contains more sea creatures than anywhere else on the planet. A team of researchers travels to the epicenter of the Coral Triangle to launch a five-year genetic study to determine where such great biodiversity came from and how it’s connected to all other marine life on Earth. One theory suggests that the Coral Triangle is so diverse because it is the origin of all life found in our oceans.
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Texas Reef Restoration Hopes to Woo Oysters

Texas Reef Restoration Hopes to Woo Oysters

AP (Nov. 1, 2013) — A major oyster reef restoration project is underway off the Texas coast, using 93,000 tons of Missouri limestone. The $5.4 million, two-phase project is intended to revitalize the ecosystem and provide a natural hurricane barrier.
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